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  • What Events Industry Experts Think About the 2021 Federal Budget

    The Liberal government delivered its long-awaited budget last month, unveiling $101.4 billion in new spending. Supports were specifically promised to aid the recovery of Canada’s hard-hit tourism industry, which includes meetings and business events. It outlines $1 billion over three years for tourism, starting in 2021/2022; a $500-million Tourism Relief Fund to support investments by local tourism businesses in adapting to the pandemic; a $595-million Recovery Hiring Program to make it easier for businesses to hire back laid-off workers or…

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  • MMBC to Host Free Canada-Wide Event

    Meetings Mean Business Canada (MMBC) will host a free virtual event on April 8, in support of Global Meetings Industry Day. Geared to government decision-makers, media and industry professionals, the theme of the 90-minute webinar is ‘We’re Ready.’ It will emphasize the industry’s readiness to reopen the travel, meetings and business events economy when restrictions are lifted. The event will feature industry leaders from across the country, including Destination Canada, the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, Convention Centres of Canada,…

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  • MMBC Chair Recognized for Industry Advocacy

    Meetings Mean Business Canada (MMBC) chair Clark Grue is the recipient of this year’s President’s Award, presented by the Toronto chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI). “Over the past year, Clark has captured not only my attention but my deep respect,” said Margaret Binns, president of MPI Toronto. “In his role as chair of MMBC, he works tirelessly to advocate to elected officials and industry stakeholders about the critical social and economic impact that our industry has on the financial…

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  • MMBC’s New Video Series Addresses Advocacy Work and Initiatives

    Meetings Mean Business Canada (MMBC) started the year with a new video series outlining its key activities for the first quarter of 2021. The first video, featuring chair Clark Grue, addresses the coalition’s advocacy work and provincial initiatives. Grue explains MMBC will continue to advance the following messaging to all levels of government: face-to-face events bring business leaders together to create transactional opportunities that drive the economy, jobs and other growth opportunities; and the business events sector has decades of…

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  • Feds’ Fiscal Update provides Pandemic Support to Hardest Hit Sectors

    Meetings Mean Business Canada (MMBC) says it’s encouraged by new support measures proposed as part of the federal government’s long-awaited 2020 fall economic update, unveiled Nov. 30 by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland. “Many in the meetings and business events sector are fighting for survival,” says MMBC chair, Clark Grue. “We’re gratified the government has recognized the economic hardships facing key sectors of the visitor economy. As we go forward, we’re committed to working with government representatives to ensure quick rollout…

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  • Industry veteran Julie Coker Graham to co-chair Meetings Mean Business Coalition

    The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) has appointed Julie Coker Graham, president and chief executive officer of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), as its next co-chair. Coker Graham will join Paul Van Deventer, president and chief executive officer of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), in leading the coalition and promoting the value of face-to-face meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions. “We are very excited to have Julie be the first CEO of a convention and visitors…

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  • Meetings Mean Business relaunches Worth Meeting About campaign

    Industry campaign showcases the importance of face-to-face meetings for business and society The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) has relaunched its Worth Meeting About campaign with an expanded lens that uses major world events, case studies and personal testimonials to highlight the industry’s role in driving progress and innovation. Leveraging digital tactics and storytelling, the coalition will emphasize the message that when it’s important, it’s Worth Meeting About. “Worth Meeting About brings to life the value behind meetings and the…

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